ICT Overview

Students today are using the immense power of digital media to explore, connect, create, and learn in ways never before imagined. With this power, young people have extraordinary opportunities to reach their fullest potential.

As a result, we in the ICT department strive to be at the forefront of technological trends so that we can provide a safe, caring environment in which all students can achieve their potential whilst helping them to become independent learners, with the skills and knowledge to help them succeed in the future.

We also take pride in providing the school with a excellent IT service, allowing staff and students to enjoy the best that technology has to offer, whilst being in a safe and supported environment. All our staff within the department are passionate about ICT, and this is apparent in the way we interact with our staff and students, with teaching and learning being our top priority. With our integrated custom Helpdesk system, we are able to respond to all queries well within our SLA’s ensuring that staff are supported whether inside or outside of the classroom.

Academics

In KS4 students follow the Cambridge iGCSE ICT course, and it is designed to be run over the course of two years. The Information Communication Technology syllabus encourages students to develop lifelong skills, which will be useful to them in their work across the curriculum and prepare them for future employment. It also aims to encourage the exploration and study of ICT in a variety of contexts: home, community, business, industry, recreation and education.

In any given situation students will have the opportunity to acquire competence, ability and critical skills through the implementation, use and evaluation of a range of ICT systems. Students can develop their interests in, enjoyment of and critical reflections on ICT as an integral part of modern society.

The syllabus combines theoretical and practical studies focusing on the ability to use common software applications to solve problems, including word processors, spreadsheets, databases, interactive presentation software, web browsers and website design. Students analyse, design, implement, test and evaluate ICT systems, ensuring that they are fit for purpose.

The aim of the Cambridge International AS and A Level Computer Science syllabus is to encourage learners to develop an understanding of the fundamental principles of computer science and how computer programs work in a range of contexts.

Learners will study topics including information representation, communication and Internet technologies, hardware, software development, and relational database modelling. As they progress, learners will develop their computational thinking and use problem solving to develop computer-based solutions using algorithms and programming languages. Studying Cambridge International AS and A Level Computer Science will help learners develop a range of skills such as thinking creatively, analytically, logically and critically.

They will also be able to appreciate the ethical issues that arise with current and emerging computing technologies. Computer Science is a discipline which requires thinking both in abstract and in concrete terms. On a higher level, computer science is concerned with problem solving: modelling and analysing problems, designing solutions, and implementing them. Problem solving requires precision, creativity, and careful reasoning.

ICT Notices

Please remember to report any missing or damaged devices / chargers immediately to the ICT helpdesk (icthelpdesk@tbs.edu.np)

Please make sure that any power points you want to be shown at Monday’s assembly is shared with ICT in advance. Friday afternoon beforehand at the latest. Can staff also be aware that they will be required to click through their own presentation. Clickers are available if you don’t wish to stand.

Please do not empty your “trash can” on google drive. We currently have unlimited storage space on the google servers so keeping your trash can full has no detrimental effect to yourself or the organisation. Should you accidently delete an important file / folder, it is relatively easy to recover it from your trash. Recovering a deleted file from both your drive and trash is much harder and there is no guarantee that it will be restored.

Please do not empty your “trash can” on google drive. We currently have unlimited storage space on the google servers so keeping your trash can full has no detrimental effect to yourself or the organisation. Should you accidently delete an important file / folder, it is relatively easy to recover it from your trash. Recovering a deleted file from both your drive and trash is much harder and there is no guarantee that it will be restored.

The Google Drive desktop app has retired on the 11th of Dec 2018. This means that your local “GDrive” folder has stopped syncing with the online Google Drive. They are replacing it with a new app called “backup and sync”, which has some extra functionality not available in the old GDrive app. If you use the local GDrive feature of Google Drive, please visit a member of the ICT team when you are free and they will update you to the latest app. For more information on this change, please click here.

The High Sierra OS update to our Macs has (unfortunately) quite a number of security flaws which allow unauthorized users to gain admin access to the device. Could we therefore be extra vigilant in leaving our devices in classrooms while other classes are in. Just incase a curious student wants to try out one of the relatively simple hacks. Apple are patching them as they come up, but more keep getting found.

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